Bureau de Change have reimagined the conventional terraced-house extension for a home in North London with an innovative addition that both celebrates and elevates the humble
brick. Katerina Dionysopoulou, Co-Founder of Bureau de Change explains: ‘Instead of the more expected glass structure, we looked to the brick and its inherent potential as a stackable module to create a far more sculptural material expression. Using bricks reclaimed from the fabric of the house, we exploited the rights of light diagram to create a staggered, extruded form that appears to melt away from the existing structure.’ This rhythmic stepping generated by the brick is echoed throughout the interior, and is integrated in both the plan and section of the extension. Viewed from the terrace above, the form creates an attractive silhouette – a feature rare in more straightforward additions. Inside, Bureau de Change’s characteristic dramatisation of space comes into play with a careful sequencing of spaces – transforming the expansive ground floor into a journey through carefully designed ambiences.
Photography credit: Ben Blossom